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ARRL Sections - Southern Florida

Southern Florida

Southern Florida

Contact Information

Section Name:
Southern Florida
Contact:
Jeff Beals
Daytime Phone:
561-252-6707
Evening Phone:
561-252-6707
Email:
WA4AW@ARRL.ORG

Basic Information

Division:
Southeastern
Description:

                        Southern Florida Section Contact Information

 

Section Manager  Jeff Beals, WA4AW   561-252-6707    wa4aw@arrl.org

Affiliated Club Coordinator           Steve Lowman, N4SGL      n4sgl@arrl.net

Official Observer Coordinator         Al Flapan, KN4FA             kn4fa@arrl.net

Assistant OOC                           Marshall Paisner, K4MAP      k4map@arrl.net

Assistant OOC                              Harry Newell, N3HN               n3hn@arrl.net         

Public Information Coordinator         Dan Fisher, AI4GK         ai4gk@arrl.net

Assistant PIC                                      Sherri Brower, W4STB    w4stb@arrl.org

Section Emergency Coordinator     Larry Zimmer, W4LWZ   w4lwz@arrl.net

Assistant SEC                                    Jeff Beals, WA4AW     wa4aw@juno.com

Section Traffic Manager                Mike Sanner, KM2V             km2v@arrl.net

Section Webmaster         Bill Laakkonen, N4BKT                    n4bkt@arrl.net

Section Youth Coordinator      Bruce Ratoff, KO4XL                 ko4xl@arrl.net

ASM-Youth Activities               Tom Loughney, AJ4XM              aj4xm@arrl.net

State Government Liasion      Sherri Brower, W4STB             w4stb@arrl.org

Technical Coordinator           Don Drennon, N4TZH                 n4tzh@arrl.net

                           

                                                    

                                       District Assistant Section Managers

                                         District Emergency Coordinators

 

Gold Coast District               Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward & Palm Beach Counties

Asst. SM                               Marty Falk, KI4IQZ                 ki4iqz@arrl.net

District EC                            Jeff Beals, WA4AW             wa4aw@juno.com

 

 Treasure Coast District         Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River & Okeechobee Counties

 District EC                              Steve Lowman, N4SGL      n4sgl@arrl.net

 

Space Coast District               Brevard & Osceola Counties

  ASM/DEC                                Ray Kassis, N4LEM     n4lem@arrl.net

 

Gulf Coast District                    Collier, Lee, Hendry & Glades Counties

ASM/DEC                              Larry Zimmer, W4LWZ       w4lwz@arrl.net  

SFL ARES NM                           Thom Street, N5KFR       n5kfr@arrl.net

 

 

 

 

 

                                                SECTION NEWS

        

                   Recent SFL Field Organization Appointments

 

Broward County       Marty Falk, KI4IQZ           ASM, Gold Coast

                                      Mike Sanner, KM2V          STM

  

Hendry County             Gary Striker, KB4K         TS

 

Indian River County   Sherri Brower, W4STB    SGL & Asst. PIC

 

             
Lee County                   Larry Zimmer, W4LWZ        SEC & ASM, Gulf Coast

                                        Steve Smith, W9GPI              EC

 

Palm Beach County        Rick Byrnes, KJ4ZHO      LGL

                                             Bruce Ratoff, KO4XL        SYC

                                            Tom Loughney, AJ4XM     ASM-Youth Activities

                                              Al Maslin, N3EA                 TS

 

EC-001 Graduates      Barry Porter, KB1PA

                                           Paul Bartoszewicz, KC2LXV

                                           Wayne Ledder, W1EWL

                                           Lisa Lindner, KK4CIE

                                           Jamey Nealy, KM4AED

                                            Gary Webster, N1PZB

 

EC-016 Graduates      Barry Porter, KB1PA

 

PR-101 Graduates         Paul Bartoszewicz, KC2LXV

                                          Jeff Beals, WA4AW

                                           Barry Porter, KB1PA

                                           Gary Webster, N1PZB

 

 

“Amateur Radio Parity Act” Campaign Will Resume in New Congress

 

Largely as the result of a grassroots campaign, “The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” (H.R. 4969) attracted the support of 69 members of the US House of Representatives in addition to that of its sponsor, Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). While the just-adjourned 113th Congress did not enact the bill, the effort to gain passage of the legislation will resume anew when the 114th Congress convenes in January. Introduced with bipartisan support last June, H.R. 4969 called on the FCC to apply the “reasonable accommodation” three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to private land-use restrictions regarding antennas. The limited PRB-1 pre-emption currently applies only to state and municipal land-use ordinances. The FCC has indicated its reluctance to provide the same legal protections from private land-use agreements — often called covenants, conditions, and restrictions or CC&Rs — without direction from Congress. ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, this week stressed that the fight is not over.

“While we are disappointed that the bill did not make it through the process during the session, the effort was extremely energized by the efforts of thousands of ARRL members who participated in our grassroots lobbying effort,” Henderson said. “In just 6 short months we gained tremendous traction for the Amateur Radio Parity Act.”

Henderson explained that sometime after the new Congress is called into session in January, a new “Amateur Radio Parity Act” bill with a new number will be introduced into the US House. “Once this happens, the ARRL will gear up for a fresh effort to push this legislation forward,” he added.

In a note to ARRL Section Managers this week, ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, thanked Section leaders and Field Organization volunteers on behalf of the ARRL Board of Directors and Headquarters staff for their help in garnering legislative support for H.R. 4969. “We had hoped to gain 30 co-sponsors for the bill and ultimately ended up with 69, plus the sponsor,” Sumner noted. “The overwhelming majority of these 70 supporters are returning in January, which gives us a good base on which to grow additional support.”

Sumner said the objective for 2015 is to continue the momentum, gathering enough support to move the bill through the Energy and Commerce Committee. “We have received expressions of interest from the Senate side and are hoping to have the bill introduced there as well,” he added.

Henderson said the bill would not have attained its current level of support in the US House without the thousands of letters and phone calls made by ARRL members to their congressional representatives. “The success of this crucial issue relies on the efforts of all radio amateurs and ARRL members,” he said. “We know you will step forward in the new year, when we renew our efforts on Capitol Hill.”

 

Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) Invites Scholarship Applications

 

The non-profit Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) invites applications for the Amateur Radio-related scholarships it administers. These academic awards are sponsored by individuals and by Amateur Radio clubs across the US. The FAR scholarship application process is open to Amateur Radio licensees worldwide. For 2015 FAR is administering 67 scholarships worth an aggregate $125,500. The list includes 36 Quarter Century Wireless Association scholarships worth a total of $77,000 for 2015 (these require a recommendation from a QCWA member). Individual awards range from $500 to $5000. Applications are due by March 30, 2015.

The preferred method to apply is to enter the required information into the electronic form on the FAR website. Information entered on the form goes directly into an encrypted, password-protected PDF file that is available only to the review committee. Raw data are not stored online. Applicants will have an opportunity to print their applications and to edit them.

The application cannot be downloaded and completed, however. Applicants who are unable or unwilling to use the online application should contact Dave Prestel, W8AJR. FAR may be able to provide an alternate form of the application.

Official or unofficial transcripts may be submitted but are not required; it is preferred that these documents be scanned into PDF files, if they are to be submitted via e-mail. Schools that prefer to mail paper copies should send them to FAR Scholarships, PO Box 911, Columbia, MD 21044.

Visit the FAR Scholarship Information page or contact FAR, if you have questions about the 2015 scholarship application process.

FAR’s scholarship program is one of the largest for Amateur Radio licensees in the US. The organization’s purpose is to further Amateur Radio in all of its various facets.

 

Boy Scouts Recognize ARRL Amateur Radio Service to Scouting Award

 

The Boy Scouts of America’s National Awards and Recognition Committee has officially recognized the ARRL “Amateur Radio Service to Scouting Award” as part of its family of Community Organization awards. The ARRL award recognizes actively involved Scouting leaders who make a significant contribution to providing Scouts with a memorable and valuable Amateur Radio experience. This program allows Scouting leaders to wear the Community Organization Award square knot on their uniform, in recognition of their service within their community organization.

“This is yet another step in ARRL-BSA cooperation, one that will recognize the Scouting leaders who have worked tirelessly to introduce the science, technology, fun, and excitement of Amateur Radio to the youth involved in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing,” the Boy Scouts organization said in announcing its formal recognition of the League award.

This award was officially established through a resolution adopted by the ARRL Board at its 2013 Annual Meeting. It builds on the long relationship between the BSA and ARRL that began with the development of the Wireless Merit Badge in 1918 — now the Radio Merit Badge. This relationship was formally recognized through a 2011 Memorandum of Understanding (view a video of the signing.

Nominations for the Amateur Radio Service to Scouting Award are made through the appropriate ARRL Section Manager. A nominee must meet five of 10 requirements. The requirements range from teaching the Radio Merit Badge to participating in the Jamboree On The Air (JOTA), to providing communications support for Scouting events. Scout leaders cannot nominate themselves.

Currently 18 other organizations are included within the BSA’s Community Organization Award program.

 

ARRL’s Logbook of The World Tops 100 Million QSL Records!

 

The ARRL’s Logbook of The World (LoTW) online “card-less” contact-confirmation service this week recorded a new milestone — 100 million QSL records out of some 630 million uploaded contacts. That’s an increase of more than 18 million QSL records since the end of last year. First described conceptually in the October 2001 QST “It Seems to Us…” editorial, Logbook of The World launched in September 2003. Since then, it has become an accepted Amateur Radio institution — perhaps not at the same level of traditional QSL cards, but close and gaining. The 100 million contact confirmations, ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, pointed out, is the equivalent of 200 million QSL cards. 

“If placed end to end, that many QSLs would reach more than 17,000 miles — not quite all the way around the world, but enough to qualify as a ‘long-path’ QSO,” he quipped. ARRL COO Harold Kramer, WJ1B, pointed out that using LoTW can mean a considerable saving in postage for DXers and others over the expense of exchanging QSL cards.

LoTW was an instant success. Within 2 weeks of its debut, the service already had some 2200 registered users and had confirmed some 51,000 contacts out of more than 8 million uploaded. The number of users today number more than 72,000 — up by nearly 10,000 this year alone.

Over LoTW’s 11-year lifetime, many logging programs have incorporated features to enable them to interface smoothly with LoTW. Several awards programs, starting with the ARRL DX Century Club (DXCC) award, now rely largely on LoTW to determine whether an applicant has met the award’s requirements. It’s also made it easier for award seekers to track their progress. LoTW is the primary means to confirm ARRL Centennial QSO Party contacts. The service also supports VUCC, WAS, and WPX.

LoTW is open to all; ARRL membership is not required in order to use LoTW. Applying for a digital certificate is the first step toward taking advantage of the system. The digital certificate authenticates the user's identity. The digital certificate is free, and LoTW only charges when users apply credits toward an award.

Once they have registered and have a valid certificate, users can digitally sign log uploads via the Internet. If the information in a submitted QSO matches the information submitted to LoTW by the other station, LoTW credits both operators and will display the submitted QSO as confirmed.

A call sign certificate authenticates a specific, registered user as the source of each submitted contact, and other users may not see information submitted by other operators. This combination maintains the integrity of the contact verification process that has long been the hallmark of ARRL awards programs.

 

 

 

                             

 

 

 


 

 

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                                   Visit our SFL Section Website

                                               www.sflarrl.org

 

Surf to www.sflarrl.org to get additional info about our section & it's activities. Take a look at the site and if information about your county is missing or outdated, ask your EC or Club President to send the information to our Webmaster, Bill, N4BKT. His email is support@avatava.NET

 

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If you need more detail on Section officials and  District & County Emergency Coordinators go to www.sflarrl.org

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Please check the Affiliated Club listing and update the contact name, phone number, e-mail and web site address. You won't get new club members is your club can't be contacted and the meeting sites can't be located. Also, be sure to appoint a club PIO in order to have local media outlets contacted for meeting dates and club events.

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Hamfests and Free Fleas

Any hamfest, no matter what size may request ARRL sanctioning. Please see: http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/hamfests/rules.html for hamfest and convention rules
See: http://www.arrl.org/awards/dxcc/checkers.html for the list of ARRL awards checkers. If you wish to have an awards checker at your hamfest these arrangements must be made by the hamfest committee and the cards checker.

If you wish to have cards checked at a location other than a hamfest contact the card checkers directly
*** for details on submitting cards for DXCC awards go to: http://www.freewebs.com/fecdx/dxcccardchecking.htm

"A great hamfest is usually one that you find something you wanted or something you thought you would never see," says Bill, W2CQ.

 

                                            Upcoming Events

                                                                  

01/16/2015 | Southwest Florida Regional Hamfest

Location: Fort Myers, FL
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Fort Myers Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://www.fmarc.net

 

01/23/2015 | Puerto Rico State Convention

Location: Hatillo, PR
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Puerto Rico AR League, Caribbean AR Group & Hatillo Municipality
Website: http://www.arrlpr.org

 

01/30/2015 | 2015 Miami Tropical Hamboree

Location: Miami, FL
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Dade Radio Club of Miami
Website: http://hamboree.org

 

02/13/2015 | Southeastern Division Convention (Orlando HamCation®)

Location: Orlando, FL
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Orlando Amateur Radio Club (OARC)
Website: http://hamcation.com

 

03/14/2015 | Palm Beach County Hamfest

Location: West Palm Beach, FL
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Palms West Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://www.palmbeachradiofest.com/

 

03/21/2015 | Southern Florida Section Convention (Stuart Hamfest - Martin County)

Location: Stuart, FL
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Martin County Amateur Radio Association
Website: http://www.stuarthamfest.com

 

 


 


 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Section policy has been and will continue to be: if health, family or work matters interfere with an appointee performing the duties of the appointment he/she may step aside without hard feelings and may apply for an appointment at a later date when the other matters are settled.

Amateur radio in many areas receives a lot of favorable press and praise from government officials for their work during and after the storms. Why? Because there were PIOs (Public Information Officers) working with ARES to get the information out in real time and the PIOs were available to the media. Where does your ARES group stand in this area?

Need to know who your ARES® Emergency Coordinator is? When the traffic nets are held? Hamfests throughout the area? How to complete the Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) report? Go to: www.sflarrl.org

Need traffic handling procedures? Need information about ARES® and RACES functions? Can't find information on your individual traffic count for your Station Activity Report? Go to: http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/pscm/index.html
I will be happy to mail traffic handling information to anyone interested... Just ask. de KM2V@arrl.net

SFAN (Saturday at 8AM local, 3.940MHz ), Net Manager is Thom, N5KFR.
All ECs are encouraged to check into these nets or send an OES representative if you cannot join the net. All ARES members are welcome to join the nets.

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If your weekly net and local repeater has IRLP or Echolink check-in available please let Mike, KM2V and us know. Also advise the ARES EC in your county and the neighboring counties. This information could be useful during disasters.

If you are going out of town for more than a few days when the season is quiet or more than 48 hours with a system beginning, please notify your local EC. Time is of the essence when a phone tree is activated or when members are phoned after they do not check into a resource net. And, especially if you can't deploy to a shelter or to another area, please offer your time to phone members, enter logs into a database, provide route directions, or other at-home activities. Everyone can do something.

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Check into a net - better to learn how now than during a disaster!

FMSN (FL Medium Speed CW Net) 3.651 Daily 6:30 PM
QFN (All FL CW Traffic Net) 3.547 Daily 7:00 PM, 10:00 PM
FAST (FL Amateur Sideband Traffic Net) 3.940 Daily 6:00 PM
FMTN (FL Midday Traffic Net 7.242 Daily 12:00 Noon
FPTN (Friendly Florida Phone Traffic Net -- 3.940 Daily 6:55 AM
NFAN (North FL ARES Net) 3.950 M-S 9:00 AM
NFPN (North FL Phone Net) 3.950 Daily 5:30 PM Winter 6:30 PM Summer
SFAN (South FL ARES Net) 3.940 Sat 8:00 AM
TPTN (Tropical Phone Traffic Net) 3.940 Daily 5:00 PM
SEFTN (Southeast FL Traffic Net) (2 meter) 146.610- Daily 6:00 PM
SWFTN (Southwest FL Traffic Net) (2 meter) 146.685 M-S 10:00 AM

http://wx4j.com -- A great place to check for other ARES/NTS info

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Does your club have a Publicity Chairperson? Is there a Public Information Officer for your ARES group? Are these people actively promoting amateur radio on an ongoing basis and are they known at the EOC by the county or city PIO? For more information read the e-magazine "Contact", at www.arrl.org/pio. For more info, contact our PIC, Dan Fisher, AI4GK at ai4gk@arrl.net

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Say Hello to your world with Amateur Radio. Get on the air, talk up ham radio, be an Elmer to a new ham & support your local club and ARES group.

 

Vy 73,

Jeff, WA4AW

 

Southern Florida Officials